The Teachable Teacher

By: Laura Applegath
Photo by: Jessica Spann
July 19, 2018

Nuray (nur-eye), an accomplished teacher who runs her own language school in Istanbul, has been teaching the Turkish language to foreigners for over a decade. Although an experienced educator, Nuray still considers herself a student of sorts who is consistently learning something new from her diverse pupils who have taught her everything from basic cultural lessons to different parenting techniques. Some of these lessons arose from cultural mishaps that still make her laugh to this day. Listen as Nuray shares the joys and challenges of cross-cultural education and how the “yabancilar” (ya-bon-ja-lar), or foreigners, help bring the great, big world a little closer to her heart and home.


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